1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
1 I therefore urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercies, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices that are holy and pleasing to God, for this is the reasonable way for you to worship.
1 I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship.
2 And do not (C)be conformed to (D)this (c)world, but be transformed by the (E)renewing of your mind, so that you may (d)(F)prove what the will of God is, that which is good and (e)acceptable and perfect.
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
2 Do not be conformed to this world, but continuously be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you may be able to determine what God's will is what is proper, pleasing, and perfect.
2 Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].
3 For through (G)the grace given to me I say to everyone among you (H)not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to (I)each a measure of faith.
3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
3 For by the grace(G) given to me, I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he should think.(H) Instead, think sensibly, as God has distributed a measure of faith(I) to each one.
3 For by the grace given to me I ask every one of you not to think of yourself more highly than you should think, rather to think of yourself with sober judgment on the measure of faith that God has assigned each of you.
3 For by the grace (unmerited favor of God) given to me I warn everyone among you not to estimate and think of himself more highly than he ought [not to have an exaggerated opinion of his own importance], but to rate his ability with sober judgment, each according to the degree of faith apportioned by God to him.
4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
4 For we have many parts in one body, but these parts do not all have the same function.
4 For as in one physical body we have many parts (organs, members) and all of these parts do not have the same function or use,
5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
5 In the same way, even though we are many people, we are one body in the Messiah and individual parts connected to each other.
5 So we, numerous as we are, are one body in Christ (the Messiah) and individually we are parts one of another [mutually dependent on one another].
6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
6 We have different gifts based on the grace that was given to us. So if your gift is prophecy, use your gift in proportion to your faith.
6 Having gifts (faculties, talents, qualities) that differ according to the grace given us, let us use them: [He whose gift is] prophecy, [let him prophesy] according to the proportion of his faith;
7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;
7 If your gift is serving, devote yourself to serving others. If it is teaching, devote yourself to teaching others.
7 [He whose gift is] practical service, let him give himself to serving; he who teaches, to his teaching;
8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
8 If it is encouraging, devote yourself to encouraging others. If it is sharing, share generously. If it is leading, lead enthusiastically. If it is helping, help cheerfully.
8 He who exhorts (encourages), to his exhortation; he who contributes, let him do it in simplicity and liberality; he who gives aid and superintends, with zeal and singleness of mind; he who does acts of mercy, with genuine cheerfulness and joyful eagerness.
9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
9 Your love must be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.
9 [Let your] love be sincere (a real thing); hate what is evil [loathe all ungodliness, turn in horror from wickedness], but hold fast to that which is good.
10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
10 Be devoted to each other with mutual affection. Excel at showing respect for each other.
10 Love one another with brotherly affection [as members of one family], giving precedence and showing honor to one another.
11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
11 Never be lazy in showing such devotion. Be on fire with the Spirit. Serve the Lord.
11 Never lag in zeal and in earnest endeavor; be aglow and burning with the Spirit, serving the Lord.
12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
12 Be joyful in hope, patient in trouble, and persistent in prayer.
12 Rejoice and exult in hope; be steadfast and patient in suffering and tribulation; be constant in prayer.
13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
13 Supply the needs of the saints. Extend hospitality to strangers.
13 Contribute to the needs of God's people [sharing in the necessities of the saints]; pursue the practice of hospitality.
14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
14 Bless those who persecute you. Keep on blessing them, and never curse them.
14 Bless those who persecute you [who are cruel in their attitude toward you]; bless and do not curse them.
15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
15 Rejoice with those who are rejoicing. Cry with those who are crying.
15 Rejoice with those who rejoice [sharing others' joy], and weep with those who weep [sharing others' grief].
16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
16 Live in harmony with each other. Do not be arrogant, but associate with humble people. Do not think that you are wiser than you really are.
16 Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty (snobbish, high-minded, exclusive), but readily adjust yourself to [people, things] and give yourselves to humble tasks. Never overestimate yourself or be wise in your own conceits.
17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
17 Do not pay anyone back evil for evil, but focus your thoughts on what is right in the sight of all people.
17 Repay no one evil for evil, but take thought for what is honest and proper and noble [aiming to be above reproach] in the sight of everyone.
18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live in peace with all people.
18 If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
19 Do not take revenge, dear friends, but leave room for God's wrath. For it is written, "Vengeance belongs to me. I will pay them back, declares the Lord."
19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave the way open for [God's] wrath; for it is written, Vengeance is Mine, I will repay (requite), says the Lord.
20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
20 But "if your enemy is hungry, feed him. For if he is thirsty, give him a drink. If you do this, you will pile burning coals on his head."
20 But if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head.
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
21 Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.
21 Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.
21 Do not let yourself be overcome by evil, but overcome (master) evil with good.
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